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Passover the spinach!!!!

April 20, 2016

Guest to the Seder: What can I bring to your Passover Seder? Host: How about a vegetable dish? Guest to the Seder: OK, great! (WTF?!?!?) I have the solution to all your problems! This amazing vegetable side dish has become a fan favorite at our Seders. It’s so good that every year I say that I shouldn’t JUST make it […]


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Midyear Review

January 5, 2016

I like to think of January 1st as a midyear review. As everyone else is setting goals for the upcoming year, I am reassessing the goals I made for the year of 5776. When Rosh Hashana rolled around in September, I made my real resolutions for the year. January 1st is just giving me the opportunity to see how I […]


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My Religion

September 24, 2015

Yesterday was the holiest day in a Jewish person’s year. It was the day of atonement where we fast and apologize for all the mistakes we have made yearlong. Spending my day hungry, thirsty and headachey, I spent most of the day doing what I always do – beating down on myself. “I’m sorry for not being a better mother […]


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Is there a G-d????

October 2, 2014

As we were walking into Temple for the Jewish New Year, Drew casually mentioned that he didn’t believe in G-d. Adam and I instantly looked at each other and said, “it’s time for Sunday School.” My religious beliefs have less to do with what the Bible does/does not say. Rather, I believe in perpetuating the traditions that my family has […]


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My arch nemesis – FOOD!!!

February 26, 2014

I have a confession to make, I am a processed foods junkie. And much like most women, I have done my fair share of dieting over the years. In high school, I did the whole Weight Watchers thing – except I thought that I could fill my 18 points with chocolate chip cookies and Swedish Fish. And it actually worked! […]


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Sins

September 9, 2013

I am currently in the cruxes of the Jewish New Year, in between the actual New Year and day of atonement (a.k.a. the day I become the most miserable human being in the world because I am without food and COFFEE all day). So because of this, I got thinking about what are my sins and how I can improve […]


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It’s not easy being Jewish

March 27, 2013

Judaism is not a cool kids religion. There are several reasons I make this claim. On the most important of Jewish holidays, we sit in temple for hours. The holiday reaches a climax at the end of eight days, not because we get a big party or tons of gifts. Rather it all culminates with a fast. If my kids […]


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A quarter the way through…

December 10, 2012

We are deep in the trenches of Chanukah, a couple of big bashes under our belt. With weeks of prepping on appropriate gift receiving behavior, I’d venture to say my kids have been sufficiently gracious through our first two tests. (Read about my feelings of dread here) It didn’t hurt that I used bribery, or a reward system as I’d […]


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Nana’s Rosh Hashana

September 18, 2012

Yesterday marked the Jewish New Year. For the past thirty years of my life, I have spent the first day of Rosh Hashana at my grandma’s (a.k.a. Nana). We have a very specific ritual. We start in the morning at our respective temples, meet around noon at Nana and Poppy’s temple (to be properly paraded past their various friends), back […]


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Archaic Traditions

August 6, 2012

I was one of the first of my friends to have a baby. And so many of the things that are now so second nature to me, were so foreign and I didn’t have many close friends to look to that had gone through it first. So when Drew was first born, I shuttered at the thought of him having […]


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